We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Bliss Charity School is a safe place for children, where our responsibilities for safeguarding children are taken seriously.
Should you have any safeguarding concerns please contact one of our DSL (Designated Safeguarding Leader) (see left)
Our policies and agreed practices for child protection, health and safety, behaviour management, attendance and looked after children all comply with the recommendations for safeguarding children at school. We have trained designated safeguarding leaders and a designated governor with responsibility for child safeguarding at the school. We have policies to manage potential allegations against staff, whistleblowing and the use of physical intervention.
There is a strong anti-bullying ethos evident throughout the school. We teach our children how to recognise bullying, how to keep themselves safe from bullying behaviour and how to report it. We listen to our children.
Through our curriculum we teach the children about personal safety, and how to keep themselves safe from harm. Our curriculum includes opportunities to discuss feelings and emotions, and helps our children to think about their own personal safety and their rights as individuals to be kept safe from harm.
We have clear guidance for pupils, teachers and parents to help children to use the internet (including social medial) safely and responsibly.
Our staff recruitment policies and practices are rigorous and comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always pursue identity checks and qualification checks and we take up and scrutinise written references before confirming employment. We require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before employing any staff, in addition to pursuing ISA list checks, this includes supply teachers, agency staff, and outside club and coaching staff.
The governing body are regularly updated about child protection, bullying and safeguarding policies and practices by the Headteacher and Local Authority training.
It is the responsibility of every adult in this school to ensure that we maintain the highest level of awareness about possible unsafe practices and deal with any issues immediately and appropriately.
Who else you can contact if you have a concern:
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) - 0300 126 7000 (option 1, option 1)
When you raise a concern about a child’s welfare, your call or email goes to our dedicated team of child protection professionals, known as the West Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
Over 60 people from different organisations work together in the team, including social care, police, NHS, education, and probation services.
- Northamptonshire Children's Trust - www.nctrust.co.uk
- Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership help safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Northamptonshire.
- NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
- If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support. Supporting mums after domestic abuse. Supporting children living with parents with mental health issues.